Thursday, September 11, 2014 Day No. 11

Woke up:  Anchored at Coos Bay, OR

Went to sleep: Off the coast of Gold Beach, OR

Encyclopedia Britannica

Peter is an Encyclopedia Britannica of tools, tricks and techniques for fixing stuff. Last night while anchored in Coos Bay, he was showing me a Super Deluxe Mini-Ratchet Tool Set. He explained, “You need this Super Deluxe Mini-Ratchet Tool Set whenever you need to get to a small screw in a tight place.” I thought for a minute. I can’t even envision a small screw in a tight place. Why would I possibly need to get to it? As I spend more time with Peter, I get to learn some of the tricks of his trade.

The other day, the water pump continued to run after I had turned off the faucet. I turned the pump off at the circuit breaker and looked for Peter. He accessed the pump, spotted water where it shouldn’t be and quickly diagnosed a small tear in the diaphragm. “That sounds bad!” I said, “What will we do?” “Oh, no problem” he said, “we have a spare diaphragm.” Soon the pump was building pressure and turning itself off at the appropriate time. Peter walked to the marine store and purchased a spare diaphragm. Unfortunately, the store had only one. He got into his bike tools and patched the original, torn diaphragm, with a bike tire patch. I questioned why he would keep a torn diaphragm with a patch. He explained, if the new diaphragm were to get a tear, he would glue the two torn diaphragms together and each would patch the hole of the other to make a good one. That made a lot of sense.

It would seem Peter gets as much joy from tools and making things work as a woman might get from knitting a sweater. It’s clearly a meditative past time and hobby which brings him great satisfaction.


As everyone knows, I am the queen of rigidity and structure. I don’t have a spontaneous bone in my body. Each day of each week is carefully organized and planned. Well, no more! My new life requires me to change plans as fast as the weather man can change his prediction. One minute I am at anchor, basking in the sun; the next minute I am out to sea.

About Susan M. Gierga

Everyone already knows everything there is to know about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. To learn current details. Visit my blog, CruisingwithCaptainPeterandtheAdmiral.
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